Thursday, January 7, 2010
A Warm Lovey
Recently my daughter has been asking for the hot water bottle when she takes her afternoon rest. Hot water bottles and rice bags (fabric bag filled with dry rice, nuked in the microwave) are such a comfort in cold Northern winters - good for tummy aches, sitting-still-jobs, and beds that bodies haven't warmed up yet.
And I love making rice bags and hot water bottle covers - a colorful scrappy project that doesn't have to match anything, like potholders. For the bottle cover, I messed around with the buttonhole function on my new Bernina when I made it last year: a good test run where the results are not on display as they would be in garments.
The frog came empty from someone else's stash and my friend estimates her great grandmother made him in the 60s. It was the work of 5 minutes to fill him with rice and sew shut. I very carefully experimented with microwaving him because of his vintage button eyes, but it works just fine to heat him up.